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Hollywood Mavericks (1990)

A documentary focusing on seventeen maverick directors who were not afraid to break the rules of filmmaking to advance their art from John Ford to Martin Scorsese.
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Alvy Singer (archive footage)
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Bill Roberts (archive footage)
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Lady Honoria Lyndon (archive footage)
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Rayette Dipesto (archive footage)
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Colonel Walter E. Kurtz (archive footage)
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When Orson Welles gave his acceptance speech when he received the third AFI Lifetime Achievment Award, he made a plea for the filmmaker who was a maverick. This documentary uses current and archival interviews and film footage of seventeen notable directors who went against the grain to place their unique vision on the screen. Beginning with D. W. Griffith, this documentary uses film clips to demonstrate how some of the mavericks, like John Ford, were able to work inside the system while others, like John Cassavetes, worked out of it. Among the classic directors profiled are Josef von Sternberg, Erich Von Stroheim, and Preston Sturges up until more current filmmakers like David Lynch, Robert Altman, and Martin Scorsese. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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7 September 1990 (USA)  »

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Billy the Kid
Composed by Aaron Copland (1938)
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Insightful Documentary
30 July 2003 | by (Ottawa) – See all my reviews

This is a very good and insightful documentary on American maverick filmmakers. The documentary, produced by the American Film Institute, consists of a series of interviews with several filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, King Vidor, Peter Bogdanovich, Samuel Fuller, David Lynch, Paul Schrader, and some others. Basically they discuss the concept of maverick filmmaker in relation to the Hollywood cinema. It contains lots of clips from such film classics as "The Crowd", "The Docks of New York", "Greed", "The Scarlet Empress", "Citizen Kane", "The Lady From Shanghai", "The Searchers", "Chimes at Midnight", "Pickup on South Street", among many others.

There is one rare insightful clip of director Josef von Sternberg discussing his masterpiece "The Saga of Anatahan"(1954) and how he came up with the idea of the group of Japanese sailors trapped in the island during World War II. Sternberg says the idea intrigued him and saw a cinematic potential. And everything in that overlooked marvel was meant to be detached, artificial, and completely stylized. Sternberg complained that the only real thing were the shots of sea waves. This is an important insight to Sternberg's art and technique, and you get to hear it from the director himself.


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